Synonyms and Antonyms of DEFY

to go against the commands, prohibitions, or rules of <in those days a woman was brave if she defied fashion and wore white after Labor Day>
Synonyms defy, mock, rebel (against)
Near Antonyms capitulate (to), concede (to), defer (to), goose-step (to), serve, stoop (to), submit (to), surrender (to), yield (to); cooperate (with); keep, observe; accede (to), acquiesce (to), agree (to), assent (to), oblige; attend, hear, heed, listen (to), mark, note, notice, regard, watch
Antonyms comply (with), conform (to), follow, mind, obey
to invite (someone) to take part in a contest or to perform a feat <after missing the target, she defied her boyfriend to do better>
Synonyms dare, defy, stump
to oppose (something hostile or dangerous) with firmness or courage <a rescue team willing to defy the raging storm>
Near Antonyms avoid, eschew, shun; elude, escape, evade, shake
to refuse to give in to <a bicyclist who regularly defies illness and infirmity in order to compete in races>
Antonyms bow (to), capitulate (to), give in (to), knuckle under (to), stoop (to), submit (to), succumb (to), surrender (to), yield (to)


July 04, 2015
stringent Hear it
rigorous, strict, or severe
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